Waging War Upon Ourselves

Waging War Upon Ourselves

By:  Peter Chamberlin

It is easy to see why Pakistan has been chosen as the battleground of the century, but it is a real shame to us all that we have allowed our governments so much unsupervised freedom of action that they could get away with the things you are about to read about in the following article.  It is a difficult story to tell, since an accurate narrative requires the merging of multiple streams of information into one.  The story of the war in Wana is a tale of strange religions, secret alliances and governments that wage war upon themselves.

It would be nice to believe our governments, that they were actually doing their utmost to defend our lives and our freedom in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that they were really marshalling all of our forces and our most advanced military technology to defeat an army of rabid terrorists who were out to destroy us…but that in no way resembles the situation that we have created there on the ground.  The “war on terror” is a great psycho-drama, staged to convince us that the world is out to get us and we must accept living in a state of permanent war.

The first thing that must be understood is that Pakistan’s allegiance to America in the past has come home to bite the generals in the asses.  Running America’s militant/terrorist training camps, creating “Islamist” foot soldiers for the CIA to send all over the world, is suddenly a big deal.  The world has finally recognized that the training program is a vast criminal enterprise, which Musharraf and his generals are all set to take the fall for, except there at home in Pakistan, right in the middle of world war III.

The Pakistani people are the most abused of all the victims of CIA/ISI terror.  The Army is busy there staging a fake terror war, pretending to be fighting the TTP, in a modern remake of a farcical drama that last played in the Roman Coliseum.  Thousands of Pakistani civilians and hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been sacrificed to convince the world that terrorists are waging war indiscriminately across FATA and the NWFP, even though their every action seems calculated to justify an American invasion.

The good people of Pakistan are greatly troubled, trying to understand the situation that they have been trapped in.  Even as the government relocates millions of its citizens to fight entrenched terrorists who live among them, the news of the day (attack on GHQ) once again links “ex-officers” of the Army and ISI with terror attacks.  Other news reports that hit men in sectarian attacks carried ISI identification.  What could possibly motivate some military and government officials to participate in a plan to bring war to Pakistan?

If the evidence really proves military involvement in actual terrorism in the past and in the present, then it becomes a question of motive—Why would dedicated military men, who have taken oaths to serve and protect the Nation, kill innocent Pakistanis, or worse, their fellow officers?   It seems that there could be only three possible answers to this question—money, insanity, or patriotism.

Patriotism stands-out as the most likely answer, since military minds see duty differently than civilian folks.   It is conceivable that perhaps some Army or ISI guys could have been convinced that certain people were a threat to national security and had to be eliminated.  This could explain how the following names of so many officers could be linked to confirmed terrorists:

Mr Aqeel , Aliases Dr Usman, who was named in Daniel Pearl’s murder and the GHQ  attack   Amjad Farooqi namesake of the (TTP) umbrella group which attacked GHQ                           Maj. Gen. Zaheer ul Islam Abbasi, who led an attempted coup against Benazir Bhutto, or former SSG commando Ilyas Kashmiri who alleged killed SSG Gen. Faisal Alvi.                            Khalid Khwaja, retired air force officer who led Daniel Pearl to Omar Sheikh                      dozens of active-duty military officers.… arrested for helping Amjad Farooqi try to kill Musharraf.

People in Pakistan have been exposed to this sort of news for many years, among them, there has been  little doubt that the Army has always served American interests and the Army has always trained and used militants as part of this service.  The terrorism in Pakistan, mostly the sectarian terrorism, has been committed by government-trained militants/terrorists, so much so that the people blame the Army for every bomb in a mosque.

The “militants” who have been trained by the professionals who had joined radical outfits are really no different than those who have trained them—both are radical extremists who are ready to kill or die for their country or for their religion.  As long as the terror that they have unleashed upon their neighbors and countrymen was in the name of America, Pakistan, or Islam, then the terror was for a “just” cause.  This kind of thinking causes military men like ISI Directorate chief Lieutenant-General Pasha to call men like Baitullah Mehsud and Mullah Fazlullah “true patriots,” for offering to fight India, just like Reagan called the contras “freedom fighters.”

There is a theory making the rounds and gaining ground in Pakistan that tries to explain how the military/militant nexus that was openly nurtured to fight in Kashmir was applied covertly to the situation in FATA and NWFP.  That theory attempts to explain how the Army could allow American and British intelligence agencies to secretly use India’s RAW and the Mossad to manipulate certain adherents of a local religious cult, the Ahmadiyya (a schism from Sunni Islam), to create a new series of schisms within Pakistani society.  The theory seems to gain some validity due to certain facts that apply to many members of the cult—many are embedded within the Pakistani officer corps, a lot of them hold high positions in the government bureaucracy and their movement was founded in what is today the epicenter of sectarian terror, around the town of Jhang.

The basic reality of everyday life for Ahmadis within Pakistan makes them ideal candidates for recruits in a secret army, especially if the mostly poor Ahmadis are paid exceptionally well—because of religious persecution, they have always had to hide their religious identities; they advocate reunification with India; they prefer British rule over the status quo in Pakistan.  If the world was being reordered by the Americans and British in a manner that would reunite India or bring all the Muslim people in Pakistan under the control of one organization that was America-friendly, perhaps also leading to Indian reunification, then surely the Ahmadi and some of their leaders could be counted upon to cooperate in bringing the plan about.

The Pakistani Taliban are the key to the entire psyop.  Understanding who they actually are and what master they really serve is vital to understanding what is going down in the homeland of the “Islamic bomb.”

The Tehreek Taliban emerged from S. Punjab, spreading from there to S. Waziristan.  Contrary to popular deceptions, they are an “anti-Taliban” force.  Like everything else in Pakistan, they were meant to play a “double-game,” pretending to be part of the real Pashtun Afghan Taliban, while waging war in secret upon them.  Musharraf and his generals created this “Taliban” force that was not really Taliban, by utilizing “Islamists,” who were not really Muslims.  They were created to serve as a safe “loyal opposition,” who pretended to wage a fake war of terror for American audiences, without risking a fight with real rogue terror groups.  The plan was to use military men to lead the criminal gangs of real revolutionaries and ordinary rabble,

The Tehreek Taliban are not really “Taliban,” they are more accurately described as a      counter-Taliban force, an “anti-Taliban.”  Like all the real Taliban, they follow a counterfeit Saudi Wahabi version of Islam.  Unlike the real Afghan Taliban, their warped Wahabi Islam has been blended with another, even more radical “Islam” from India, Deobandi Islam.  The result is the most sectarian bloodthirsty form of Sunni Islam yet devised, to them, anyone who doesn’t follow this perverse Wahabi-Deobandi fusion, just like them, is “Kfir,” the unbelievers.  We are discussing the religious faith of people like Baitullah and Hakeemullah Mehsud, the same people who are now waging war in Pakistan.

The “Islamists” of FATA and NWFP wage sectarian war against all unbelievers in their areas of control, under the direction of ISI controllers.  They also provide targets for American drones, using spies under ISI control to plant tracker chips on expendable “militants.”  Whenever militant leaders, or criminal gangs working under their direction, get out of control, military action takes them out.

In addition to this ISI-controlled war in FATA and NWFP, there is another rogue element that is staging terrorist attacks outside of Army control, an American/British/Israeli/Indian force within the anti-Taliban themselves.  The killers in this super-secret group are even worse bloodthirsty and hate-driven zealots than the Mehsuds.  Pakistani writers refer to them as the “Punjabi Taliban,” because that is where they first sprang-up.

Rise of Punjabi Taliban

“Today the bulk of attacks in heartland Pakistan are carried out by Pakistanis from Punjab or Sindh, or by Pashtun fighters assisted by heartland Pakistanis,” says Rohan Gunaratne, author of Inside Al Qaeda.

“Punjab-based groups… were initially the creatures of the Inter-Services Intelligence, and had a Kashmir focus,” says Teresita Schaffer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The change began when President Pervez Musharraf outlawed two Punjabi militant groups (2002) —Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) — because of outrage over their attacks on Shias.

Many Jhangvi fighters then moved to the NWFP.

“Jhangvi is now the eyes, ears and operational arm of Al Qaeda and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan [based in Waziristan],” says Gunaratne. “It is hard to distinguish between the three.”

The task of the Punjabi Taliban is to radicalize the TTP even more.

All the leaders in the Tehreek Taliban movement have been educated in Deobandi madrassas, where they studied under Muftis who had been steeped in the sectarian hatred of Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, the founder of the mother of all terror outfits in Pakistan, Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP).  All Tehreek Taliban leaders came from SSP’s militant wing, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), or one of its sub-groups.

To counter the activities of the Shia organisation, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), with the blessings of the USA, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, encouraged a group of Deobandi Muslim migrants (Mohajirs) from the districts of what constitute the Indian Punjab and Haryana of today to counter the activities of the TNFJ [Shia].  Thus came into being the Ajuman-e-Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (since re-named as the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan–SSP) on September 6,1984, under the leadership of Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, a semi-educated Khateeb who had his religious education in Darul Uloom, Kabirwala, and the Khairul madrasa of Multan in Pakistani Punjab.

There is a river of terror running through the heart of Pakistan, flowing down every highway, road and goat path.  Wherever progress has gone, the terror has followed, carried by rabble-rousing mullahs/muftis, from the central reservoir of hatred in the town of Jhang, in southern Punjab.  It is more sickening than it is ironic that the architects of the reservoir sit in Washington and criticize the Pakistani engineers for following their blueprint too precisely.

All the sectarian terror in Pakistan flows from this reservoir of hatred dug deep in the town of Jhang, in the southern Punjab Region.  Of all the regions of Pakistan, the ISI knew that only Jhang could produce a common mindset that would both feed the sectarian hatred and convince otherwise sane individuals to join the effort to defend Pakistan by waging war within it.

Since its inception the SSP has relied on a core constituency of Sunni peasantry who felt exploited by Shi’a landlords and aristocrats.  The Ahmadi are a merchant class who have lived under the thumb of Shia since first coming to Pakistan.

In Jhang a center of sectarian hatred and terror already existed, embraced by an ignored hidden cult, or schism within Sunni Islam, known as Ahmadiyya, or “Qadiani.”  The record clearly documents a movement of anti-Shia hatred from Punjab, to Peshawar, to S. Waziristan, to Khyber, and beyond.  There is no way to document how many of the terrorists that infiltrated NWFP and FATA were Qadians, but we know for certain that they were all Sipah/Lashkar Jhangvi.

Basically, Ahmadiyya may be the most glorified personality cult of all time, based on the ego of one man who thought that he could convert the religions of the world by the power of his reasoning skills.  The end product was a type of pseudo-Islamic intellectualism which could be described as a “Hindu-ized” version of Islam, misrepresenting itself as all things to all believers, clearly an abomination to all true Muslims.

The Ahmadiyya believe that their founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (1835-1908) was the Mahdi of Islam, the last incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu and the embodiment of the Christian Messiah.  The followers of Ahmad settled on 1034 acres of land near Jhang in Punjab.

It is no coincidence that Jhang is the epicenter of sectarian terrorism in Pakistan, since it is also home to both the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) and its most evil stepchild, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).

Jhang had all the ingredients and Gen. Musharraf had all the proper credentials to go forward with the CIA plan to create an anti-Taliban force there, from an assortment of disillusioned Ahmadis and others from the mohajir community, who were fed-up with life’s burdens.  Gen. Musharraf, a mohajir general, was supposedly a Berelvi-Sunni, but many Pakistanis claim that he is a secret Ahmadi.   The evidence reveals that in 2003, the dictator sought the help of MQM leader, Altaf Hussein, who is known as a willing servant of American and British interests, to use MQM fanatics to manipulate the local mohajir community as part of the plan.

2003 was a pivotal year in the plan, as US forces withdrew most of their assets from Afghanistan to invade Iraq in March.  Bush clearly just dumped the entire operation into Musharraf’s lap.  Musharraf was expected to “give pursuit” to the “al Qaida” militants who had taken refuge in Waziristan.  This was never the real mission, the alleged “mission” was only another part of the psyop; Musharraf’s job was to stall.   He was to wage a pretend war to buy time for American forces to eliminate Saddam Hussein.  For this, he needed a new “Taliban” force, one to fight inside Pakistan.

The moment that Bush passed Afghanistan to Musharraf, he began to call together the old Taliban alliance, under Mullah Omar.  After being clearly routed in Afghanistan by American bombers and Northern alliance troops (who were mostly Shia), Omar needed a new army of zealous militants, fueled with a new desire to wage jihad against American and Afghan forces.

He needed a Pashtun publicity campaign that would follow the American model of motivational speakers, on “lecture circuits,” conducted by brave inspiring role models, such as Mullah Dadullah, to persuade young Pashtun men to go to war.  For this task, nothing seemed to work better than using veteran Afghan Taliban, who were missing limbs, or eyes, such as the one-legged Mullah.  He was brought into S. Waziristan, along with one-legged Abdullah Mehsud, who was probably released from Guantanamo just for this reason.  After sufficient CIA brainwashing, he was released into Afghanistan, where he inspired an army of Uzbek fighters of IMU (Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan) to follow him into S. Waziristan.  These Uzbeks were reported in the media as “al Qaida,” as they terrorized the land and ran training camps around Wana, undoubtedly under direct ISI control.

In 2003, at the instance of the ISI, Mulla Omar, the Amir of the Taliban, reconstituted the Taliban army to launch a new jihad in Afghanistan—this time against the Western forces. He asked Mulla Dadullah, who continued to enjoy the confidence of the ISI, to act as the chief military commander of the new Taliban army, which consisted of experienced jihadi fighters of the pre-October 7, 2001, vintage as well as new recruits from the madrasas and Afghan refugee camps of Pakistan. The new Taliban army was trained by the ISI and started operating in the Pashtun majority areas of Southern and Eastern Afghanistan from sanctuaries in Balochistan and in the Waziristan area of the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

In its issue of October, 2003, the “Newsline”, the reliable and well-informed monthly of Karachi, gave the following account of the re-constitution of the Neo Taliban army and the role of Dadullah in it:

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of youths from religious schools across Pakistan  have joined the ranks of Taliban cadres that have regrouped in Afghanistan in the last few months. According to one estimate, at least 5,000 youths including former Taliban soldiers who went underground after the fall of their regime in December 2001, and students from religious seminaries from Balochistan, have joined their compatriots in Afghanistan. Many of these young men are known in the ranks as ‘sarbaz’ (those who have given their lives to the cause and readily sacrifice them in suicide missions). Regrouped, reorganised and rearmed, these warriors are now all set to launch a new guerrilla war for as long as it takes to expel what they call the ‘infidel forces’ from Afghanistan.

From this moment on, Pakistani proxies were at war with American and NATO troops in Afghanistan.  The creation of the anti-Taliban, the TTP, with the help of the British (See:  Unraveling the Anti-Pakistan Psyop), effectively acknowledged this fact and began to pit an American backed Pakistani proxy force, against Pakistan.  If we were in a real war and not just a massive dramatic production, then this would have been a serious matter.  As it was, it was just more geo-strategic chess, or “the great game,” as they like to call it on the sub-continent.

The forces organized under Dadullah had to fight a war within Pakistan that was totally convincing, one that was so intense that it would convince the world community that outside intervention (meaning: American intervention) was absolutely required to save Pakistan from itself.  The real mission required many more terrorists, who were sufficiently vicious to kill religious opponents without hesitation.  This required at least two more side psyops, both staged in areas that had already been marked by past sectarian conflicts—Karachi and Khyber.

In Karachi, Musharraf agitated the MQM supporters of Altaf Hussein.  A fake “ultimatum,” allegedly from an unknown militant group, was issued around Peshawar, threatening to wipe-out all Ahmadis who refused to either convert or leave Pakistan.

A formal Threat and Ultimatum in Peshawar
Peshawar, NWFP: Fundamentalist organizations in NWFP like Dawat
Tehrir, Hizbullah and Jaish Muhammad have distributed threatening letters to Ahmadis
making specific demands and giving date and time by which these are to be met – or face
dire consequences. Translation of excerpts from one such letter to Mr. Saleem Ahmad
and his family, is produced below:
“Whereas the Organization for the Protection of Finality of Prophethood has approved a
resolution as a result of changing circumstances and the aggression of Jews and
Christians against suppressed Muslims, its summery is given below:
O proud sons of Islam,
In view of, (1) Muslims’ situation in Kashmir, Palestine, Bosnia and Iraq, (2)
Various actions against Jihdi establishment:
Ahmadis, who are agents of the U.S. and U.K., the enemies of Islam, are insensitive
to the honour of Muslims;
O eagles of Islam,
Finish off permanently these Qadiani traitors, insolents and infidels from this land.
These are your and Islam’s enemies……………
THEREFORE, District Amirs are urged to present an ultimatum to all the Qadianis
in their district that (1) All those who recant and bow down will be forgiven, (2) Declare
Jihad against those who refuse to comply, (3) Set their houses on fire, as these are the
ones who are enemies of Islam and the country.
Accordingly, you are warned to:
1. Within one day, declare Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani a false claimant, and become a
Muslim,
or
2. Leave this country within one day.
3. Spare and dedicate your son Haris for service to Islam. He will have to volunteer
for suicidal attack in the service to Islam and Mujahideen,
or
4. Pay the Jizya Tax at the prescribed rate within one day for support to the
Mujahideen.
OTHERWISE We are duty-bound to kill you.
Name : Saleem Ahmad S/o Sharif Ahmad. A/C Nr: 3215
Name : Khalida Saleem W/o Saleem Ahmad A/C Nr: 2158
Haris Ahmad S/o – W/o………… A/C Nr: 2508
Fatima S/o – W/o………… A/C Nr: 4325
From: Dawat Tehrir
Hizbullah
With thanks to: Jaish Muhammad NWFP
Callers to well-being: Imamia Jamaat NWFP
Expiry time and date: 5.00 p.m. on 2 May 2003

The fear campaign had begun.  MQM agitators began recruiting for a “Sunni Tehreek,” to take the war to Pashtun militants.  An open deal with Musharraf was struck, which effectively closed-down a previous ISI-created anti-MQM faction, the MQM-Haqaqi, begun to undermine Altaf Hussain’s group, the MQM-H, the most violent of all the mohajir factions.   It was driven underground and group leader Amir Khan was arrested (June 29), effectively making thousands of potential recruits available from his organization for ISI missions.

On May 22, Ahmadi leaders met in Ranpur to make plans for dealing with the threat from the mullahs.  A wave of killing was unleashed upon the Ahmadi community, beginning in Karachi.  On July 14, Shia leader Allama Hassan Turabi was assassinated by a suicide bomber in front of his home in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal section of Karachi.   Brigadier Iftikhar Ahmad, a well-known Ahmadi was shot dead by three men on motorbikes at his home (across the street from Musharraf) in Rawalpindi, on July 17.

Turabi was a staunch critic of the Musharraf regime and a vocal opponent of Islamabad’s staunch ties to the United States. He was also outspoken against Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. He was an advocate for ethnic and sectarian harmony among Pakistan’s disparate ethnic, sectarian and tribal groups and for unity in the face of what he believed was a repressive and corrupt regime in Islamabad that was beholden to U.S. interests. His membership in the Sunni-dominated MMA representing Shiite Muslims—a loosely knit coalition of Islamist parties united in their opposition to the Musharraf regime that commands a wide following in the largely Pashtun regions of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Balochistan, as well as a sizeable representation in parliament—was seen as an effort on the part of Sunni Islamist factions to reach out to Shiites to curtail the sectarian violence that has plagued Pakistan for years.

In conjunction with this anti-Shia action in Karachi, another anti-Shia psyop was getting underway in Khyber Agency, but this operation was intended to produce a second schism, this one within Sunni Islam.   Haji Namdar, a local extremist, who had been unexpectedly returned from Saudi Arabia, where he had been indoctrinated for the last ten years by Wahabi instructors.  He returned to Bara, which has a large Shia minority, where he became outraged that new roads and power lines had carried “sin,” according to the Wahabi definition, into his hometown.  He set-up his own religious police force after the Saudi model, “Suppression of Vice and the Promotion of Virtue,” and began administering Saudi justice.

He also started a pirate FM station, where he denounced local sinners.  He began to agitate against Sunni sinners, as well, in particular, the Berelvi-Sunnis.  He agitated the local Berelvis to the point where he thought he needed help, motivating him to bring in radical firebrand, Mufti Munir Shakir, who was just being run-out of Hangu, because of an anti-Shia bombing inspired by his preaching.

Mufti Shakir started his own radio war against local Berelvi leader Pir Saifur Rahman.  Both sides raised their own armies, before another bomb in a local mosque forced the expulsion of both men.  Mufti Shakir’s army, Lashkar-e-Islami (LI), was turned over to another extremist leader, Mangal Bagh, before he left.  Bagh continues the religious policing duties transferred to him.  Bara, a mere 14 miles from the major city Peshawar, continues to supply a steady stream of rocket fire and car-bombs to the besieged, unguarded city.

Mufti Shakir has been held by the government since then.  He was/is a Sipah-e-Sahaba leader, who had exported the radical Sipah teachings from Punjab to Hangu.  He was probably one of Hakeemullah and Baitullah Mehsud’s teachers at the Deobandi madrassas they attended near Hangu.   Hakeemullah has been blamed for the terror bombing that got Shakir expelled from Hangu, just as he was credited with the grenade in the mosque in Bara, and after that the suicide-bomber that nearly killed Haji Hamdar, as well as the assassin who finally did kill him.

The point of all this background information is to describe the unbroken chain that ties the hotbed of sectarian terror created by the ISI for the CIA in Punjab, to the sectarian terror that now threatens Peshawar (and the strategic route through the Khyber Pass) and the authors of that terror in S. Waziristan.  These operations in the Peshawar area and the operation in Karachi to stimulate the MQM-H had the desired results, filling the rosters of the sectarian outfits to supply Mullah Omar’s forces, as well as the new operations in FATA.

Musharraf became desperate to redeem himself in Washington’s eyes, after letting bin Laden’s forces escape from Tora Bora, so he turned to what he knew, the experience he had gained leading the operations in Kashmir, where he fronted terror groups as self-defense forces.  Pakistani paramilitary forces and the militant groups that they had trained were brought together with the Punjabi militants, to share tactics and cross-training.  The widespread national enthusiasm felt for these Kashmiri terrorists who were defending the Muslim population there was easily transferred over to the FATA fighters.

In S. Waziristan, during this same time frame, we see the rise of a succession of Lashkar Jhangvi terrorist leaders, who headed-up the new “Taliban” faction starting-up there.  First, under the command of Mullah Dadullah, the new “Taliban” drilled under IMU Uzbek trainers of Sipah-e-Sahaba.   According to plan, Dadullah (who had been selected by the British) was martyred by Predator drone attack, so that command could be transferred to  Nek Mohammad, before he was martyred in the same manner, then Baitullah, before giving command to the most corrupt and most evil gang leader of the lot, Hakeemullah.

There have also been reports emanating from the Wana area that a group of Pakistani Army officers have defected to side of the terrorists holed up alongside the late Nek Mohammed’s lashkar in Waziristan. There are also reports of writ petitions being filed against the Pakistan Army leadership on behalf of another group of Pakistani army officers up to the rank of colonel. In these petitions it is alleged that the aforementioned Pakistani officers are being secretly held under arrest, in contravention of Pakistan Army rules, on the orders of General Musharraf. Per ISPR spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, these officers are under investigation for involvement in an attempt to kill Gen. Musharraf. Both these incidents of serious indiscipline highlight that there is considerable opposition to Gen. Musharraf in the officer corps of the Pakistan Army.  (July 2004)

The officers mentioned in this excerpt included many of those who have been cited previously, especially those who were participants in the Musharraf assassination attempts, or in the murder of Daniel Pearl.   These professional killers trained everybody who worked for Mehsud, including the suicide-bombers, but most importantly, they trained Jundullah (named for the town Jandolah, near Wana), the terrorist organization that is blowing the ongoing cover-up of what the CIA has been up to in Iran.  Among the more notorious alumni of the IMU training camps of Wana (the same Uzbek camps that are reported to be at the center of the Army’s alleged offensive in S. Waziristan today) have been the Uyghurs of Western China, Abu Musab Zarqawi of “al Qaida in Iraq” and the Yemeni-Baloch cousins of Ramzi Yousef [nephews of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad].

The Yemeni-Balochs, along with military officers who were implicated in the hit on Musharraf, composed the core of Jundullah, the infamous irritant in Iran’s side.  Some of SSP’s hardened terrorists were also infiltrated into Iraq with Zarqawi during the second Gulf War, where they carried-out multiple massacres upon Shiites, in order to follow the game plan set in Pakistan, total sectarian war.  Yousef, Khalid Sheikh and the Jundullah boys were thereafter tied to nearly every major terror event in the region, including the murders of Daniel Pearl, Benazir Bhutto, and probably the grunts involved in the network behind 911.

Pakistan and American apologists for the policies of state terrorism used in Pakistan argue for the two Jundullah theory, claiming that the original group disbanded in 2003, when in fact, the first news of the original outfit did not leak-out until June of 04, when a group of them were arrested for an ambush on the Karachi Corps Commander, Lt. Gen. Ahsan Saleem Hyat.   Ramzi Yousef conducted operations in the same area of Iran that is still being struck by Jundullah today.  Saddam Hussein was one of the sponsors of SSP at that time; he financed operations in Iran and later allegedly sent Yousef to the United States for his own purposes, after the first Gulf War.

In 2006, the war in Iraq was going very badly.  The American people had to be distracted, their attention refocused to the lesser war.  A series of anti-Berelvi attacks swept across Pakistan, as open warfare exploded between the warring Radio Mullahs of Bara.  On April 12th, a massive bomb went-off at a Sunni-Tehreek rally in Karachi.  Known as the Eid Milad massacre, the leadership of the Sunni Tehrik (ST) was wiped-out, along with prominent members of the Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat.  The group that worked for an end to sectarianism was nearly all eliminated, in a near fatal coup de gras that resembled the Turabi assassination in its thoroughness.

In 2007 Musharraf really began to lose control, as Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhury challenged Musharraf over the issue of so many “disappeared” (mostly Balochis).  He allegedly threatened to expose to the world press the double-game that Musharraf and the Army had been playing in the war on terror.  He was suspended by President General Musharraf on March 9, 2007.  Rioting began to have him reinstated.  On May 5, 2007, Chaudhry with his counsel Atizaz Ahsan, who is also the party member of PPP, traveled from Islamabad to Lahore to address the Lahore High Court Bar Association.

By Dr. Waqar Kazmi reports the following incident allegedly leaked from the ISI:

Pakistan’s military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, spoke on the telephone with the London-based leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) two days before the May 12 attacks on opposition activists and supporters of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry by the MQM in Karachi and asked Altaf Hussain to help “teach our opponents a lesson,” Pakistani intelligence sources have revealed.

Eyewitness: Karachi

A narrative of the events of ‘Black Saturday’ and the ‘stop-the-blame-game’ argument

“Here in Karachi, we avoid ‘name calling’ and ‘finger pointing’ due to fear of having our knees drilled…”

But this was the first time in Pakistan that live television cameras captured the situation for viewers to see: government tankers used to block off routes to the airport, police and rangers conspicuous by their absence or standing idle as armed men ran amok on the streets of Karachi, corpses and wounded bodies lying by the wayside in pools of blood.      Political-Eco_9_a

“There were bodies lying at every street intersection,” ‘Uzi’, a reporter related later on her blog. “We picked up a whole bunch of them and put them inside police mobiles parked nearby.” As for the police and the Rangers: “They did NOTHING! They stood around and LOITERED while my city was tainted with blood.”

AP TOPIX Pakistan Election

The following video contains live images of MQM supporters, clearly displaying the tri-color flag shooting at people and others in cars driving around passing out more weapons.  Notice the flags in the following:

[NOTICE:  video keeps disappearing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMr–dlHQps&feature=player_embedded

On Saturday, Nov 3 the dictator declared a state of emergency and suspended the nation’s constitution and parliament at the same time.

Nov. 18 — American media carried a leaked report of a new classified American military proposal outlining an intensified effort to enlist tribal leaders in the frontier areas of Pakistan in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban

On 19 November, while driving to work in his car in Islamabad, Maj-Gen Alavi was shot dead by three unknown gunmen on motorcycles. It was alleged that Ilyas Kashmiri, the chief of Azad Kashmir chapter of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami[3], was behind the murder of Maj-Gen Alavi at the behest of the Taliban in North Waziristan.  He had told a British reporter that a senior Pakistani general came to an arrangement with Mehsud “whereby – in return for a large sum of money – Mehsud’s fighters would not attack the army.”[2]

December 14, 2007, representatives of armed groups active in various tribal areas of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) in Pakistan met in Southern Waziristan. Following their meeting, they announced the formation of the Taliban Movement of Pakistan — in Urdu Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or (TTP) — under the leadership of Baitullah Mehsud.

Shia leader Benazir Bhutto was killed Dec. 27, 2007.

Since then, the Tehreek Taliban have been waging a terror war in every corner of NWFP and to a lesser degree in FATA.  Due to this ongoing wave of bombings and unrelenting pressure from America, the Pakistani government felt compelled to stage some kind of offensive in S. Waziristan, mostly concentrating on the rogue force of Uzbeks around Wana who are loyal to Sipah derivative, IMU.

It is impossible to determine to what degree this is a real war and not another military excursion that levels lots of buildings and kills hundreds of civilians.  Pakistan’s M.O. has been to empty each area of operations of civilian witnesses first, as much as possible, and to keep reporters out of the war zone.  Every militant interviewed by anyone anywhere, to date, has consistently sworn that these operations are for the media’s benefit.   Real witnesses from the Wana area who have fled report the same old story, lots of buildings leveled, lots of civilians dead.  Who knows?

Recently, Foreign Minister Mr Shah Mehmood Qureshi came as close as any government spokesman has to admitting the truth, that the Tehreek Taliban are a government psyop:

“The Sunni Tehreek has decided to activate itself against Talibanisation in the country. A national consensus against terrorism is emerging across the country”. The Sunni Tehreek, of course, is an aggressive version of the Barelvi faith that has emerged in Karachi in the face of Deobandi-Ahle Hadith dominance in the mega-city and is now actively seeking cooperation from Barelvi organisations in the rest of the country to face up to the armed madrassa followers.

The state of Pakistan, just like its big brother, the United States of America, is waging war against its own people, while our Commander-in-Chief lies to the world that:

“This is a war of necessity…not of choice.”

peterchamberlin@naharnet.com

California Going to Pot

Why California is studying marijuana tax

Barrie McKenna

Washington — Globe and Mail

California still facing $38-billion in deficits over the next three fiscal years.

 

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he welcomes the debate about legalizing marijuana as the state struggles to avoid insolvency. A recent poll shows 56 per cent of Californians want pot legalized. A major push is on to put the issue to statewide referendum next year. And yesterday, state lawmakers held an initial hearing into a proposed law to end California’s 96-year-old pot ban.

“I think it’s time for a debate,” acknowledged Mr. Schwarzenegger, who as an actor portrayed a drug fighting undercover police officer in Kindergarten Cop.

A spokesman for the governor insists Mr. Schwarzenegger is opposed to legalization.

The move could generate as much as $1.4-billion (U.S.) in new tax revenue and save the state “tens of millions of dollars” in prison and police costs, state officials told the California Assembly’s Public Safety Committee. They based their estimates on a $50-per-ounce levy.

“It is time to take our heads out of the sand and start to regulate this $14-billion industry,” said committee chairman Tom Ammiano, who is sponsoring the legalization bill. “By doing so, we can enact smart public policy that will bring much-needed revenue into the state and improve public safety by utilizing our limited law enforcement resources more wisely. The move toward regulation is simply common sense.”

California could use the cash by taxing pot, just as it does cigarettes and alcohol. But legal experts, economists and law enforcement officials who testified Wednesday before a state committee warned that the proposal is fraught with unknowns.

And chief among them is how the U.S. government would react.

Possession, distribution and sale of marijuana remains a federal crime. And while California can eliminate state penalties and charges, it can’t fully legalize.

“We don’t know how the federal government would respond,” Paul Golaszewski, an official of the California Legislative Analysts’ Office, told the hearing. “It creates a great deal of uncertainty.”

Curt Hagman, the committee’s Republican vice-chair, wondered how California could collect any taxes unless the federal government legalizes marijuana.

Several court rulings have upheld the right of federal authorities to enforce its ban, even in cases involving medical use.

California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use in 1996.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced that it would not prosecute users and sellers of medical marijuana. But Justice department officials made it clear that leniency doesn’t apply to recreational use.

A social timebomb is set to explode in Britain

A social timebomb is set to explode in Britain

The true jobless total is already over five million – and the young are hardest hit, says Edmund Conway.

By Edmund Conway

Real unemployment has hit five million

Real unemployment has hit five million Photo: EPA

One of my favourite moments from the television series The Wire comes towards the end of the first season. Two of the police officers who have been monitoring drug dealers arrive one morning to find that the area is deserted: no one is selling drugs, no one lounging on the street corners. “Maybe we won,” suggests one cop.

The reality, of course, is that this is only an interlude: the dealers have been lured away to an inter-gang basketball game. But I was reminded of that sense of false optimism this week, at a Royal Society of Arts discussion on youth unemployment. Someone asked Stephen Timms, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, why, when her organisation tried to provide a job centre with opportunities for young people, those working there insisted they didn’t have enough applicants of the appropriate age. “Maybe,” said Mr Timms, “you have to see that as a good sign.”

It was little wonder that his comment provoked gasps of disbelief. When it comes to youth unemployment, there is precious little good news. The number of people aged under 25 and out of work is now just below a million – around one in five. This is up by 184,000 in the past year, and still climbing. As everyone apart from the minister could see, the absence of youngsters from a job centre reflects not a let-up in the problem, but shortcomings in the bureaucracy intended to combat it. According to Professor David Blanchflower, a labour market expert and former Bank of England policy-maker, it is highly likely that overall unemployment – currently just under 2.5 million, or 7.9 per cent of the working population – will climb to 3.4 million within a couple of years.

That would be higher than in the early 1980s, when the unemployment crisis was seen as just that – a social challenge of paramount importance, a cause for protests and riots. Yet so far, there has been far less handwringing, let alone any bold policies to deal with the issue.

This perplexing state of affairs owes something to three factors. First, unemployment lags behind the rest of the economy, so we are not aware of how bad the picture will get, convincing ourselves that the flexibility of the labour market – the ability of firms to cut hours and pay – will save us. Second, most of those losing their jobs are not those who find it easy to get their voices across – they are the young, the lower-paid, in the Midlands or the North. Third, economic policy before the 1980s had been explicitly aimed at fostering near-full employment; today’s focus on inflation means unemployment is regarded as less of an issue.

Yet this is an issue of paramount importance. The labour market is facing two crises: an immediate spike in unemployment, and a longer-term sclerosis after the slump is over. The first is primarily an economic issue, the second a social one, but both are due to government failure.

First things first: we must brace ourselves for further deterioration in the labour market. The most recent figures suggest that the picture is improving: by some measures, unemployment has actually stopped rising. But don’t be fooled. For a start, many “discouraged workers” who would previously have been categorised as unemployed have been labelled “economically inactive”. Include them, plus those forced to shift to part-time work, and the true jobless total is 5.6 million, or just under 15 per cent of the working population: not far below the 17 per cent level in the US.

But there could be worse to come. The best way to work out what will happen to unemployment in a recession is to look at productivity – economic output per worker. Given there are fewer people in work, you’d expect that productivity would have risen, as those still in work took up the slack for absent colleagues. But in fact, productivity has fallen by almost 5 per cent, implying that firms have kept workers on despite there being less for them to do.

Andrew Lilico of the think-tank Policy Exchange estimates that if employment shrinks to match the real level of demand in the economy, another two million will be on the dole. That would be a nasty enough prospect even if things had been hunky-dory before the crisis. But youth unemployment had been rising over the course of a decade: whether due to age discrimination laws, or the failings of the education system, employers have been luring old workers out of retirement rather than taking on youngsters. This problem – massively exacerbated by the recession – will burn a hole in the core of our economy and society if unchecked. Study after study has shown that youngsters who cannot find work are far more likely to enter permanent joblessness than someone who has already been in the labour market.

The Government must find ways of encouraging companies to take on youngsters rather than grandparents. It must also – as Prof Blanchflower has suggested on these pages – find the money to keep more children in school, perhaps by immediately raising the leaving age to 18, or to create a system of national community or civic service. Extreme ideas, yes. But we still haven’t yet absorbed how extreme this unemployment crisis will be.

The $1,500 billion military industrial complex of the USA.

The $1,500 billion military industrial complex of the USA.

Mostaque Ali

Bleep NATO
By Jeff Huber at antiwar.com

Tom Shanker of the New York Times tells us that NATO defense ministers have given their “broad endorsement” to Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s plan to escalate the Afghanistan war into a full-Monty counter insurgency effort. NATO defense ministers love Afghanistan; it justifies their phony-baloney jobs.
(generally NATO nations, bar America/UK, are reluctant to get involved in pseudo-colonial wars, which serve no real obvious purpose for their countries; Wars which have no definitive objectives but quite the contrary seem to be open ended fair weather, ever changing explanations for why they must be in Afghanistan; Military operations which are well beyond the borders of NATO countries and their traditional operational mandate. Such disparities of issues gives NATO nations ample opportunity to reflect on the long term necessity of NATO, after the demise of the Soviet Union. The wishes of the Jewish one world government concept not withstanding—–instituted around the Protocols, which were written in the 19th century by the Rothschilds of England with agreement with all the rest of them, and the need to build security structures around that single desire and ideology for the future )
Like much of the U.S. military, NATO became irrelevant when the Cold War ended. Pseudo-counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen, who has been an adviser to David Petraeus and McChrystal (He is not American, but useful if you are thinking of building a global military force, which follows the Jewish master plan, which is not constrained by irritating debating and voting procedures of the UN. Yet yet another Celtic person…….This sounds like another Jewish instituted, albeit subliminal, race war…..Celts verses who though?) says one of the major reasons to press for a larger effort in Afghanistan is to preserve the NATO alliance. He doesn’t think counterterrorism is a particularly important reason to be in Afghanistan. (It’s not at the top of his list.) (From a Jewish one world master plan perspectives Kilcullen’s logic is perfectly reasonable….but obviously not for “ordinary” Americans out of the Jewish master plan loop……you use unnecessary wars to forge future global forces which will without question follow your dictates…”Starship troopers” (1997)..mocking anti-American satire from an European director, which unfortunately has become the reality with the USA, UK…….and even European countries, including the movie directors country Netherlands…..the insects in the desert are the rag heads who are faceless, dehumanised things which must be destroyed…..invaded….based on the thinest and wildest excuses straight from the colonial era………in the movies case asteriods being sent by the primitive insects at Earth. Afghanistan is profitable for them obviously, since it generates narcotics profits in the region of $50–80 billion annually……………..The Afghans harvest it and they get about 5%….Hamid Karzai’s brother: The American and British military protect and transport it. The proceeds are laundered in NY and London high street banks, and finally of course a select few in the Pentagon and in the UK profit from it.)

To escalate our woebegone war in Afghanistan because NATO wants us to would be the dumbest foreign policy choice our country has ever made, and we’ve made a lot of dumb foreign policy choices. (My favorite example is becoming involved in World War I. We should have stiff-armed that fandango, let the Europeans bleed themselves ashen, then offered to feed them on strict conditions. Alas.)
(“Dumb choices” is the wrong adjective because it suggests the people in power who make such choices were MERELY misguided, but for their choices…….I would argue otherwise……..the people who make the “dumb choices” for America are actually not that “dumb”, but have priorities which shall we say do not run parallel with the general true interests of the USA overall…….they are highly intelligent, articulate, aggressive, amoral criminals who have over time amassed power and privilege in American society. ……….This means that these criminals can both fund the Soviet Union covertly, giving it a decisive push in its creation in 1918, AND at the same time run a $6 trillion Cold War HOAX, involving many unnecessary proxy wars around the world in Korea, Vietnam, Cuban missile crisis, fighting their created monsters……etc etc, over 40 years. Saddam’s Iraq, and Taliban/”al-Qaeda” Afghanistan thus, along this line of facts isn’t a new phenomenon.


Getting perfectly intelligent capable gentiles all heated up, doing the woggy sun dance around their set of fake agenda’s, without the hindsight of being able to see their overall covert picture.
Funding the Nazis into power; providing the materials and finance for German rearmament, and then building the coalition to defeat the Nazis…after 60 million people have perished.These games are not new)
The world needs NATO like fish need hammers. I had fun galore getting pie-faced with Brits and Germans and other Europeans at after-hour planning sessions for international combat exercises, but fun galore isn’t a reason to escalate our war in Afghanistan. How much more blood and treasure do we need to pour into one of the bleakest parts of the world in order to throw a party for our European pals?
(No America does not need to be in Afghanistan. Osama is dead…his fictional non-existential organization constitutes no clear threat to the USA, and the Taliban can be managed via the Pakistan military comprehensively if America is serious about it)

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been consistently critical of NATO involvement in Afghanistan to date. Gates has danced on a lot of laps in regard to this subject. He always wants more help from NATO, but he doesn’t like the help he gets. NATO doesn’t know how to do counterinsurgency, Gates has complained. But now, they’re all lovey-dovey about counterinsurgency, now that they realize how manpower-intensive it is and how much throwing in with the McChrystal plan will defend their defense budgets. NATO, like much of the U.S. military, hasn’t had a reason to exist since the Berlin Wall came tumbling down in the early 1990s.
(Iran/Contra Gates is merely doing his duty for his real masters/constituency…..ensuring the Afghan narcotics flows into Europe and Russia, and his friends in the Pentagon, and UK profit from their sale…….$50—80 billion annually…presumably that is why he has been left at this vital post as a Republican appointee, and a crony of the Bush clan out of Texas. If Obama was really serious about curtailing this $1,500 billion gravy train which is the MIC, then he would have appointed a close trusted Democrat in that vital position, and not a left over from the Bush era…..this merely signals continuity, surely)
Ludicrous Dick Cheney has asserted that the Obama administration’s “dithering” on what course to take in Afghanistan will “embolden” the evil ones. Everybody who can find the ends of their noses knows Dick Cheney is a dithering idiot; he’s never been right about anything. The only entity that has been emboldened is the Western alliance’s military industrial complex, led by the Pentagon, who are fighting not for the safety of their countries but for their own existence.
(There we go again, calling “Darth Vader” Dick a dithering idiot…….the guy is a billionaire who has made is money through the American MIC, serving in several administrations, gradually shifting to the loony right as he progressed with age and senility. Dick makes money through war,……and did not become a billionaire from humble beginnings by being a dithering idiot full stop…a former lineman of humble background, who is now a billionaire….for him war is profitable…..obviously he is going to “fight” for America to continue on-going unnecessary wars, using what ever cock and bull snarling, grimace, hardball, nose expanding excuses he can think of ….but certainly not a dithering idiot—this gives a misleading analysis; as if he is somehow a cuddly man, who is inherently honest, forever doing the right and decent thing for America, selflessly at his post working away for America, but somehow quite not up to the job—-NOT. He is a businessman first and foremost, making money through war and conflict….merchant of death, looking after number one)
The Pentagon’s long-war grand strategy is good for everybody’s war business. The Afghanistan conflict is particularly suitable; it’s the kind of Orwellian war that can go on forever without getting too obnoxious, and in the case of America, it’s one that the Democrats, not the Republicans, have ownership of. Or at least it can be sold that way.

(Do you really need 500,000 Afghan and coalition forces to fight 10,000 poorly armed Taliban militia?—Obviously not…….to really fight the Taliban you squeeze the Pakistan military first and foremost, the Taliban’s main backers, and then arm the Afghan’s who don’t like the Taliban SINCERELY, and who do not have a criminal background, not tongue in cheek…and I am so JEW clever kind of way, and that is it….without the backing of the Pakistan military the Taliban cannot exist. Of course here we must talk about intentions…what are the true intentions…….of the occupation forces? Let us not leave out the $50–80 billion annual narcotics profits. Maybe this later fact can be circulated to the NATO members beyond the USA/UK……..a pimp force for international narco traders)


Shanker writes, “Mr. Gates, who has kept his views about additional troops close to his vest and has discouraged his commanders from lobbying too publicly for their positions, declined to be drawn out on this assessment.” That’s the biggest lie out of the New York Times since the Nigergate hoax that led to the invasion of Iraq. The media campaign the Pentagon has been waging to pressure Obama into acceding to McChrystal’s demands amounts to a soft coup.

(Obama has yet to make his decision. Let us hope that he is not fixed by the MIC too quickly and early in this new administration, which then fetters his policy options for the future, in Afghanistan, and domestically; both very linked you see…….guns or butter? You can’t have both. For Obama to realize his health care initiatives, education, social welfare programs he has to cut the real security budget of $1.5 trillion eventually…he can’t have both)

Candidate Obama stuck his nose in the wringer when he deflected criticism of his vote against the surge in Iraq by saying it took vital assets away from the effort in Afghanistan, the “war of necessity.” That may turn out to be the tragic flaw of his presidency. The war in Afghanistan is no more necessary than most other American wars have been. None of the 9/11 attackers came from Afghanistan, and al-Qaeda isn’t there any more. As best we can tell, what remains of al-Qaeda is in Pakistan, and very little remains of it.

(No they came from Israel and America. al-Qaeda does not exist. Doubtful if any of the 19 Arabs “hijackers” were actually involved…..remote controlled planes…the list of 19 hijackers was created/provided by Indian intelligence and forwarded to the FBI (as per Jewish desire for one world government, where international security/intelligence “cooperate” with each other around the Jewish master plan) never mind that Indian intelligence were dubiously unqualified to identify who the real perpetrators of 9/11 were IN AMERICA………far, far away in India….and that mysteriously some of the said identified hijackers are still alive in their countries…….GWOT reduced to its simple form is a Jewish war, instituted to enforce their agenda around the world, and for one world government. Thus when you have such an ambition security institutions play an important role obviously, because you need the sheep to follow your orders, whether they like it or not….as it was with Gestapo Nazi Germany…and the NKVD Soviet Union.)

America and its NATO allies account for about 90 percent of global arms sales. We have no competitors.

(Global arms sales are here to stay no matter what. The main issue rather is that rich powerful nations should not commit to war against Third World nations on dubious false grounds, and then attempt to continue with these military adventures with even more ever shifting dubious explanations, thereafter, through the Jewish controlled MSM)

There’s a lot of money to be made now on body and vehicle armor that don’t work. So the more kids we send to Afghanistan to get blown up, the more the folks who make the body and vehicle armor that don’t work make.

(The MIC in America could be worth $1.5 trillion annually…..a lot of money, power and lobbying goes behind that using the American MSM. As with the Soviet Union this is harmful for America in the long term. A society that invests in war, and arms, but not in health care, education and welfare must slowly deteriorate, as happened with the Soviet Union…….which on the eve of collapse in 1989 was spending maybe around 14% of GDP on defense, 5.5 million men under arms, 65,000 tanks, 30,000 artillery, 12,000 nuclear warheads, 8500 combat jets, …..ALL this despite the best efforts of Gorbachov, after four years in power.

The excessive expenditure on defense starved out the expenditure on all the other necessary investment areas such as infrastructure, education, healthcare, social welfare, and innovation in technology which results in manufacturing better cars, tv, hi-fi…etc…America is no longer the leader this vital area. The best engineers and innovators invariably end up working in the defense industry, rather than creating things which have real social value, and which contribute to the expansion of the economy in a meaningful way. Obviously since 1950 there has been a steady motion in this direction, but a strong administration can put a decisive break into that and forever save America from inevitable economic ruin. You simply can’t have a $1500 billion MIC and not want to twitch and itch for war to justify such a huge expenditure………the MIC and their Jewish overlords will find that excuse always, as they have…..so I say to the peace movement of America that the ultimate objective for America is not merely the withdrawal from the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the dismantling of the MIC, and a reorientation of the American culture away from war)

The neoconservatives who push our war agenda are invested in it, and they have, incredibly, gained a toehold in intellectually elite circles. That the “dumbest freaking human being on the planet,” Cheney sycophant Doug Feith, managed to become a visiting lecturer at Columbia University gives you an idea of how badly the national brain trust has been damaged by neoconservative influence. He eventually got canned, but he never should have been hired in the first place.

(Jewish Israeli Zealot Douglas Feith with the Celtic name is not dumb…….he is an accomplished lawyer, with connections to the MIC. He is a ardent Zionist Israeli firster, holding an Israeli Passport, and who penned the “Clean Break” 1996 document with other Neo-cons for Benjamin Netanyahu to be more bold in foreign policy, and then the PNAC 2000. He lived in Israel for many years. Merely dismissing him as, “dumbest freaking human being on the planet,” is a dangerously misleading disinformation, unintentional though it is. Feith knew perfectly well what he was doing FOR LIKUD ISRAEL, whilst serving in the Pentagon with Wolfowitz……….this very fact of his real agenda’s led to his removal from that position in 2005, along with the rest…….as potential Israeli spys at the center of American security)

The Obama administration has finally had direct talks with Iran. As physicist Gordon Prather wrote recently, “Director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Secretariat Mohamed ElBaradei is seeking approval by the Obama-Biden administration of an agreement which ‘could open the way for a complete normalization of relations between Iran and the international community.’”

Is it possible that the war crowd will allow that to happen? Prather notes that we’re on the verge of getting the kind of transparency on Iran’s nuclear program that Iran offered early on in the Bush administration, only to be shunned.

(2001, and 2003…everything America could have wished for Iran offered, but America at that time was not interested)

Let’s pray that Obama doesn’t make the mistake of listening to NATO or his generals or the right-wing noise machine, and does the smart thing by beginning to back out of Afghanistan, and continues toward normalizing relationships with Iran.

(There has been progression, no doubt borne by actual experience and the passage of time…..there was initial talk of invading Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and so forth within a few years in 2001…..Bush reiterated as much to Blair confidentially in January 2003. But this has not happened…so we must be grateful. Now Obama is in power, and hopefully significant new shifts can take place in American military planning under the new president/administration as he attempts to do the right thing domestically)

And, oh, mainstream media – especially the New York Times and the Washington Post – stop letting unnamed “officials” drop propaganda into your “news.” That sort of thing gets us into wars we don’t need to fight.

9/11 passport ‘found in Pakistan’

Here is another perfect example of Pakistan government working to please the US by helping them justify everything that Obama and the rest have said about this being the “same Al Qaida group that attacked us.”  This is pure fabrication, just like the 911 hijacker ids being found in near perfect condition in rubble that had basically disintegrated.  The only thing that ties every player in this mess together is their CIA/ISI connections.  They call their own network “Al Qaida,” pretending that it is something separate from the CIA. 

I thought that the American people were getting wise to this garbage, that of telling people anything you want and calling it all “truth.”

911 was a government contract.  It is becoming obvious just whose names are on that contract.

9/11 passport ‘found in Pakistan’

Said Bahaji, a German of Moroccan origin, is linked to suspects of the 9/11 attack

Said Bahaji remains at large

Pakistan’s army says it has found in South Waziristan the passport of a man linked to two hijackers involved in the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US.

The passport of Said Bahaji, a German of Moroccan origin, was among weapons, documents and jihadi literature seized by troops in the conflict zone.

The army showed the document to a group of reporters during a trip to the area.

The BBC’s Orla Guerin says there is no way of knowing if this passport is a genuine document.

Our correspondent was part of a team of journalists who were taken to South Waziristan by the military.

The passport was presented on a table with other documentation but there was no independent way of verifying its authenticity, our correspondent says.

Pakistan’s army is carrying out a major offensive in the area against the Taliban and al-Qaeda militants and the region is generally out of bounds for journalists.

Said Bahaji is suspected to be a member of the Hamburg cell which planned the 9/11 attacks.

He is believed to have been a close associate of Mohammad Atta, the leader of 9/11 hijackers.

He fled Germany shortly before the attacks and remains at large.

Mr Bahaji has been charged in his absence in connection with several thousand murders committed in the attacks.

Correspondents says if the document is authentic, this will be the first time a direct link can be established between the Taliban in South Waziristan and a suspect in the 9/11 attacks.

Life in Orakzai

Life in Orakzai

By Farhat Taj
Orakzai is the only agency in FATA that has no border with Afghanistan. It touches Khyber agency in the north, Darra Adam Khel in the east, Hangu and Kohat in the south and Kurrum in the west. Orakzai is occupied by the Taliban from Waziristan, Darra Adam Khel and Khyber agencies. Some local tribesmen have also joined the Taliban from the other agencies. Many of the locals who joined the Taliban used to be petty thieves and drug pushers, I was informed by the Orakzai tribesmen. The Taliban have imposed an alien ideology and way of life on the people. ‘We are living in hell and the rest of Pakistan does not even know or doesn’t care’, said one of them.

The activities of the Taliban in Orakzai have two interesting aspects. One, tribal affiliations under the code of Pakhtunwali have by and large countered sectarian differences that the fiercely anti-Shia Taliban want to exploit. In an area called Dobari for example, there are about 100 Shia families surrounded by the Sunni majority. Under Pakhtunwali, the majority community had taken upon itself to protect the 100 families, whom the Taliban wanted to banish from the area. The Sunni tribesmen, however, rejected the Taliban’s banishment and decided instead to remove the Taliban from the area by raising a tribal lashkar. The Ali Khel is the largest tribe in Orakzai and the leaders of the tribe then held a grand jirga to work out the details of a strategy to take on the Taliban. The grand jirga was scheduled for Oct 10 of last year and as it was being held it was attacked by a suicide bomber. Forty tribesmen were killed on the spot and the death toll climbed to over 100 over the next few days since many of those who had initially been injured later died in hospital.

In effect, the tribe’s main leadership was decimated and this paved the way for the Taliban to take control of the agency. However, despite this the Taliban were not able to succeed in dividing the Ali Khels along Shia-Sunni lines. Instead, in the intense rivalry between the Ali Khels and the Taliban, a Taliban commander who belonged to the Ali Khel tribe defected and joined his tribe. This angered the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan which put head money on the man.

The people of Orakzai say that the government and the military should have done more to help the tribe, especially when it had decided to take on the Taliban by raising its own lashkar. They say that had that help been forthcoming the situation perhaps would be different to what it is today – where the government’s writ is confined only to the agency’s headquarters and the Taliban control most of the rest of Orakzai. Every day, people are kidnapped, killed, beheaded or publicly insulted by the Taliban, who like in other parts of FATA, have also set up their own so-called ‘sharia’ courts. In recent weeks, a mentally ill man was even beheaded by the Taliban – he was a Shia and had mistakenly entered an area which the Taliban had banned for all Shia tribesmen.

So what is the way forward? Well, for starters, the Taliban are not a unified group. It is an umbrella of sectarian terrorists, global jihadis and even criminals, and their differences can be exploited by the intelligence agencies. And there are many proofs of such differences. In the Ferozkhel area recently, two groups of the Taliban fought each other and there were several casualties. The dispute was over whether or not to return a Shia boy who had been kidnapped by them to his family in exchange for one of their (the Taliban’s) colleagues.

The people feel that they have been left to fend for themselves. And they have taken matters into their own hands. Some weeks ago, three such volunteers intercepted a suicide bomber but could not stop him from triggering his explosives and as a result all three died. Also, of late, a Taliban court in the agency summoned 60 businessmen from the majority community – their alleged crime being that they were involved in business with tribesmen from the minority sect!

The writer is a research fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research, University of Oslo, and a member of Aryana Institute for Regional Research and Advocacy. Email: bergen34@ yahoo.com